March 9, 2012

March 9, 2012

Published Friday, March 9, 2012

Registration Now Open for Mineral Titles Program
Complete program brochure and online registration is available at www.emlf.org for the May 10-11 program on “Resolving Title Issues in Shale Development” at the Wheeling Island Resort in Wheeling, WV.

Who should attend: This program assumes an understanding of basic abstracting and title search principles and will address intermediate and advanced title issues to include standards for reasonable and diligent searches; resolving ownership and development issues, particularly those peculiar to horizontal and directional drilling; seeking solutions where gaps in the chain of title exist or where owners may be missing; analyzing impediments to development where co-tenancies exist and less than one hundred percent of the owners can agree on development; transfers of leases and the investigation necessary to determine the viability of existing leases; evaluating liens, and Dormant Mineral statutes. That’s day one.

The second day begins with Professor John Fisher and a panel of attorneys covering the process of tax titles in the four states encompassing the Marcellus and Utica shales. Additional topics are title to minerals under rivers, streams, railroads and public roads; use of affidavits and other means to prove title; recording requirements and local filing issues; and litigation as a curative tool for title issues.

The analysis under each of these topics will include the laws in the four-state region encompassed by the Marcellus Shale and Utica formations: New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.


EMLF Law Student Scholarship Program

A reminder that the deadline for scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 academic year is April 20.

Complete information and application forms can be found at on the EMLF website at www.emlf.org.

Any law student attending an EMLF member law school is eligible to apply for scholarship assistance from the EMLF. A minimum of $30,000 in scholarships funded by membership dues will be awarded, ranging from $1000-$5000. An additional $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded through the $5000 EMLF Presidents’ Scholarship award, the $2,000 Mary Sue Schulberg Scholarship Award, and three $1000 awards: Paul N. Bowles Scholarship, the James H. Davis III Scholarship, and the newly-funded Sean Cassidy Scholarship.

A listing of all EMLF member law schools is available with the scholarship information on the website, including these new member law schools: University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO; Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA; and Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS.

EMLF Welcomes New Members
SUSTAINING MEMBERS
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Denver, CO: Lucy D. Arnold, Jennifer Cadena, Osborne J. Dykes, L. Poe Leggette, Bill Leone, Benjamin Vetter
New York, NY: Richard M. Farmer, Mark Tibberts

Canonsburg, PA: Amy L. Barrette, Michael Peter Gaetani, Kenneth Komoroski, Stephanie A. Lepore, Janet L. McQuaid, Jeremy A. Mercer, Matthew H. Sepp, Megan E. Smith Miller, Emily B. Thomas, Stephen F. Vogel

Dallas, TX: Benjamin L. Bossell

Houston, TX: Stephen C. Dillard, Deborah A. Gitomer, Barclay Nicholson, Craig S. Vogelsang, Mark R. Wasem, William D. Wood

SUPPORTING MEMBERS
Emens & Wolper Law Firm, LPA, Columbus, OH
J. Richard Emens, Sean Jacobs, Beatrice Wolper

Hendrickson & Long PLLC, Charleston, WV
Stephen E. Hastings, David K. Hendrickson, R. Scott Long

Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., Canton, OH
Nathan D. Vaughan, Gregory W. Watts, William G. Williams

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
* Mark Anthony Chapman, Vestavia, AL
* Jonathan Deem, Bailey & Glasser LLP, Charleston, WV
* Joseph P. DeWoody, Clear Fork Royalty LLC, Fort Worth, TX
* Cory Doggett, Aztec Drilling & Operating, LLC, Houston, TX
* Stephen H. Franko, Cipriani & Werner, PC, Scranton, PA
* Seth S. Gaskins, Point Pleasant, WV
* Dan Guida, Guida Law Offices, Weirton, WV
* Keith R. Hall, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC, New Orleans, LA
* Lisa Anne Houdyshell, White Oak Resources LLC, St. Louis, MO
* Amy E. Molloy, S.R. Law, LLC, Slippery Rock, PA
* Jacqueline B. Ponder, Solar Sources, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
* Caleb Raymond, Mason Dixon Energy, LLC, Cambridge, OH
* Jesse Raymond, Mason Dixon Energy LLC, Cambridge, OH
* Ryan Reaves, Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., Canton, OH
* Jeffrey D. Roberts, Burns White LLC, Pittsburgh, PA
* Robert Scott, Commonwealth Coal, Richmond, VA
* Benjamin A. Valimont, M. W. Gary & Associates, LLC, Bethel Park, PA
* Blair N.C. Wood, The Creekmore Law Firm PC, Blacksburg, VA

STUDENT MEMBERS
* Kristi Britt, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX
* Eric Collofello, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Nicholas Fracassi, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
* Eric Warfield Freling, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Matthew D. Hardin, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
* Katrina Noel Harper, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
* James R. Holt, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
* Tara M. Hopper, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Kenneth P. Johnson, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY
* Ann Kaluzavich, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Dennis B. Kittle, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
* Jordan Michael Kurth, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
* Neil Lepore, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Trisha R. Longenette, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* George McIntyre, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
* Niquaise Y. Moore, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK
* Sean O'Rourke, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Sunu M. Pillai, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
* Amber Russo, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
* Luke Swain, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY